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Although well known for its spectacular safaris, Kenya also has an exquisite coastline with seaside retreats worth visiting. Turquoise water lapping white sand beaches are the main attraction to this tropical paradise. Perfectly paired with a safari, the coastline of Kenya is one full of culture and character and is unlike any other beach holiday. Without further ado, here at the best beaches in Kenya:
AfroChic Diani Beach Image credit: Elewana Collection
North of Mombasa, a city on the south coast of Kenya, lies the tropical waters of Malindi and Watamu. Where soft sand hides turtle eggs, this coastline has some of Kenya’s finest tropical beaches and beach resorts. Not only boasting pristine and long beaches, this area is also known for deep-sea fishing, diving and snorkeling above its underwater sanctuaries of sea life. Turtle Bay is a 7km stretch of beach close to Malindi. This beach is known for its clear water, great swimming, surfing and local reefs. The Watamu Marine National Park is home to over 110 species of coral, leatherback turtles, whale sharks, and manta rays. The coastlines of Malindi and Watamu are scattered with resorts welcoming guests to this tropical treasure box.
Watamu Beach Image credit: L.M Spencer
On the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of Mombasa lies a coastline boasting pristine beaches with inviting, turquoise waters. Previously a trading port, this coastline holds historical significance and Arab, Asian, Portuguese, British and Swahili influences can be seen. The Mombasa Marine National Park, known for its spectacular snorkeling and diving, is not to be missed. A number of exquisite beaches are scattered along this coastline:
Take a look at some Mombasa accommodation here.
Situated in the north of Kenya is Lamu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This spot makes for an exotic beach holiday with centuries-old Swahili settlements, no vehicles or roads, and a few exclusive villas on its pristine beaches. Shela Beach is a 12km long beach on the island with beach-front guesthouses popular among travellers. Visitors can reach the island by boat from the mainland or fly into neighbouring Manda Island’s airport before crossing via ferry.
AfroChic Diani Beach
Our consultants at Rhino Africa have been to Kenya many times and are happy to answer questions or help tailor your trip.
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Jemma's love for nature and culture grew while growing up on her family's dairy farm in the Natal Midlands. Since then she has been a ski lift operator in the Sierra Nevada, an Au Pair in London, an English teacher in Vietnam and is now writing about her favourite continent - Africa.
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I have never been to Kenya. But I want to go there. This article makes me so exciting to go there. Thanks for sharing
I have been looking for a holiday retreat that my love and I can go on for some relationship building for two. This is perfect because I was always wished to go to a tropical destination with palm trees and clear water beaches, but then the two often come separately and refuse to blend. I want to travel across our diverse continent and this is just perfect from where I see it. I did not know this about Kenya.
Are the beaches at Mombasa safe? Can you recommend a private resort.
Hello Andrew, we take pride in featuring the best of Africa and there are some private resorts in Mombasa receiving our full approval. You can find out more by getting in touch with our expert consultants for personalised information. Thank you 🙂
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